WEMCo - Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co.

WEMCo built 29 diesel-electric locomotives from 1928 to 1937.
Of these 18 had Baldwin built carbodies. In general locomotives with Baldwin
carbodies carried a round Baldwin-Westinghouse builder's plate with a
Baldwin construction number in addition to an oval WEMCo builder's plate.

Plate 61264
photo by: Gary W. Sonner
ARMCO B-73, see below

Single-Unit Boxcab

- Westinghouse #7 and Western Electric #1 were built at the same time to compare the cost
of building the carbody in house to the cost of outsourcing it, in this case, to Baldwin. [26]

Westinghouse #7 Westinghouse #7

Westinghouse #7

- carbody built in house by Westinghouse


Westinghouse Boxcab Western Electric #1

Western Electric #1

- photo shows round builder's plate. Western Electric #1
was similar to Westinghouse #7 (above) but had a Baldwin
built carbody

Visibility Cab

Westinghouse Visibility Cab
- 9 single-ended visibility cab carbodies were built by Baldwin


- 2 double-ended visibility cab carbodies were built by Baldwin


BLW photo 10621
Baldwin photo #10621 - 1930
Single-Ended Visibility Cab Carbody

- one of two Baldwin photos (10621 & 10621.1) taken in 1930. Perhaps the first single-ended visibility cab carbody built by Baldwin for WEMCo.


ARMCO B-71
photo by: Mike Castellow
Minnesota Transportation
Museum - July 17, 2013
ARMCO B-71

Visibility Cab
c/n 61401, completed 11/1930

- built for the American Rolling Mill Co.
- repowered by ARMCO with a Hamilton engine, 1947
- donated to the Michigan Railway Historical Society, 1966
- leased to the Cadillac & Lake City RR, last operated 1973
- to the Minnesota Transportation Museum, 1985
- to the Illinois Railway Museum, 2016


Plate 61264 ARMCO B-73

Visibility Cab
c/n 61264, completed 7/1930

- built as American Steel & Wire #1
- sold back to WEMCo, rebuild and sold to ARMCO Steel, 1942
- repowered by ARMCO with a Hamilton engine, 1947
- to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1971
ARMCO B-73 ARMCO B-73
photos by: Gary W. Sonner
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
August 08, 2009



WEMCo units with carbodies built by Baldwin
indicates existing unit

Multi-Unit Boxcab
built for/as date completed BLW carbody
construction number
BLW carbody
builders date
disposition
LIRR 403A 1/1928 60185 9/1927 retired 1945
LIRR 403B 1/1928 60186 9/1927 retired 1945

Single-Unit Boxcab
built for/as date completed BLW carbody
construction number
BLW carbody
builders date
disposition
Western Electric #1 2/1929 60676 11/1928 scrapped 1955
ARMCO B-70 * 8/1929 60759 4/1929 Southeastern Railway Museum
* when the carbody was delivered from Baldwin it was lettered as "B.L.W. 2"

Single-Ended Visibility Cab
built for/as date completed BLW carbody
construction number
BLW carbody
builders date
disposition
WEMCo demo 21 5/1930 61262 3/1930 Westinghouse #9, scrapped 1969
WEMCo demo 22 12/1930 61263 3/1930 Westinghouse #8, scrapped 1969
American Steel & Wire #1 7/1930 61264 3/1930 ARMCO B-73, PA Trolley Museum
Great Lakes Steel 1 9/1930 61361 5/1930 scrapped 1955
Great Lakes Steel 2 9/1930 61396 6/1930 scrapped 1955
ARMCO B-71 11/1930 61401 6/1930 Illinois Railway Museum, 2016
Great Lakes Steel 3 1/1937 61983 8/1936 Detroit Marine #9, sold to scrapyard 1968
Great Lakes Steel 4 1/1937 61984 8/1936 Detroit Marine #4, scrapped 1963
Great Lakes Steel 5 1/1937 61985 8/1936 scrapped 1956

Double-Ended Visibility Cab
built for/as date completed BLW carbody
construction number
BLW carbody
builders date
disposition
WEMCo demo 23 * 5/1930 61261 3/1930 Northhampton & Bath 801
sold for scrap 1955
WEMCo demo 12 11/1933 61750 9/1933 Northhampton & Bath 802
sold for scrap 1955
* when the carbody was delivered from Baldwin it was lettered as "B.L.W. 1"

Hood-Type Center-Cab
built for/as date completed BLW carbody
construction number
BLW carbody
builders date
disposition
Illinois Steel #50 2/1931 61600 12/1930 scrapped 1961
Cheswick & Harmar #5 (1st) 3/1933 61742 1/1933 stripped for parts for #5 (2nd)
sold for scrap 1955
WEMCo demo 13 6/1934 61757 1/1934 CGW #2, scrapped 1966


data sources:

  • A complete roster of WEMCo production, by David H. Hamley, can be found in Trains Magazine, Dec. 1969, Vol. 30, No. 2
    see Bibliography reference [26]

  • John F. Kirkland's book, "Dawn of the Diesel Age" , see Bibliography reference [25]


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